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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Symbolic Modelling learning resources, 31 Mar 2006
This review is from: Metaphors in Mind: Transformation Through Symbolic Modelling (Paperback)
Metaphors in Mind opened the door to a new, more effective and respectful way of communicating with people I work with and also in my daily life with family and friends. I notice this more neutral and specific way of asking questions, combined with this way of considering how different elements of people's communications and how they have organized and see their world and the relationships inherent in that world, offers a different kind and, it seems, a different level of understanding. What I appreciate most is, having begun learning and using Symbolic Modelling with clients, I can rely on the person's system to find its own solutions with this process. This to me is the height of respecting each person's inherent wisdom and uniqueness.
A marvelous tool to support this book is the DVD, "A Strange and Strong Sensation", also created by Penny Tompkins and James Lawley. Seeing a live client session unfold allowed me to hear the cadence and rhythm of the questions and observe how the therapists use the questions to build the structure of the process. That really helped me to get a sense of how the symbolic modelling process works and I would have liked the opportunity to buy the book and DVD together.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mind changing experience, 16 Nov 2008
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This review is from: Metaphors in Mind: Transformation Through Symbolic Modelling (Paperback)
Lawley and Tompkins set out to analyse, then chronicle the therapeutic approaches and methods of David J. Grove, creator of Clean Language. Clean language is a simple method of having the client amplify the metaphors they often use when describing a traumatic experience. The key to Clean Language is to use the client's exact words without inference in a structured process that enables the client to self discover the cause of their problem.

Through a process of observing Grove, analysing client transcripts, being clients of Grove's themselves, and finally binging their own expertise and experience to bear, they have developed a process described as Symbolic Modelling.

The authors intimate that the process is equally applicable by a manager or teacher as it is by a therapist - and they are right. The challenge for anyone reading this book who is not a therapist, is to be able to discern the extent to which they need to study the model in order to apply it in their situation. Although I would argue that this is a tough challenge, Lawley and Tompkins have helped by designing the book in a manner that enables one to start at various parts of the book, depending on ones style and need.

The book is well written and well laid out. It features many practical examples and includes chapters that takes one through entire client transcripts.

As a management writer myself and not a therapist, I think the ordinary manager may struggle to study enough of the model to be able to apply it in day to day situations. Nether-the-less, the underpinning approach of clean language would be an immeasurable help to any practising manager. I know it has certainly changed my own approach when helping people solve their issues. I would think it should be compulsory reading for all therapists and certainly I would highly recommend it to any manager or teacher who is really interested in helping others develop.

Bob Selden, author What To Do When You Become The Boss: How New Managers Become Successful Managers
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking development in human changework, 21 Nov 2000
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This review is from: Metaphors in Mind: Transformation Through Symbolic Modelling (Paperback)
This is a definitive book about the most important development in human psychology since Freud. Lawley & Tompkins have written an accessible, insightful account of a new way to use language which will not only appeal to the ordinary reader but to therapists, psychologists, educators, trainers, doctors, managers and consultants - indeed anyone interested in facilitating human change. Read this book and I guarantee you will never use language the same way again.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A major work in psychology and psychotherapy, 23 Nov 2000
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This review is from: Metaphors in Mind: Transformation Through Symbolic Modelling (Paperback)
I believe this book marks a significant advance in psychology and therapy. David Grove is a genius. For me, he is up there with Freud, Jung and Milton Erickson. And while anyone who experiences David at work can see he is doing something very different with his clients, understanding that something has not been easy until the arrival of "Metaphors in Mind". The authors have had access to David and have made his work accessible.
Not many serious books are as well written as this one. Penny & James have managed to make the chapters largely self-contained. Chapters begin with an outline of what will be covered, then the details and then a useful summary. There is no mystification. It is obvious the authors want people to have a clear understanding. The book is well referenced, has a useful index and also contains three annotated transcripts of symbolic modelling at work with clients.
The only limitation is that it is a book. Symbolic Modelling pays attention to body language, "line of sight" (where people look as they think) and the way that words are said. And David Grove has developed a style of therapy that is equally rich in language and what goes with language. I hope audio and videotapes are the next project for Penny and James or that David will produce taped copies of his more recent work
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different to other books on metaphor, 15 Nov 2010
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Many books on metaphor are lists, stories and anecdotes. What sets this book apart is that it delves into the many ways in which the idea of metaphor can be applied. It is particularly instructive in teaching you how to get the most out of the different ways in which a client might try to articulate a problem: a glance, a look, a sound, a gesture, a word etc. It teaches you how you can then use that initial opening, that 'entry point' into the client's world, and broaden it out through 'clean language' (i.e. communicating ideas without disrupting the client's model of reality) and a structured format for building on small cues. A useful set of skills to have. Therapists familiar with Milton Erickson's ideas should appreciate this guide.
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